Thanks for visiting Shot4Shot: for the love of film, a film journal which will analyze and enjoy some cinematic brilliance one shot at a time.
As a director of television and film, I’m constantly floored & inspired by the inventiveness, freshness or just plain audacity of the camera work and staging by some of my favorite movie directors. These shots illuminate theme and/or create maximum story impact, often invisibly, with enormous economy.
For years, I’ve been keeping a log book of these shots, which I periodically flip through for inspiration. This blog will include frame grabs of the shots (like little storyboards), a video link when possible, and an explanation of why I think the shot is so memorable, effective and worthy of inclusion.
The list of famous directors that will be represented here will be wildly eclectic – Lean, Leone, Cuaron, Minnelli, Cukor, Welles, Kieslowski, Kalatozov, Chaplin, Capra, Tarkovsky, Coppola (both dad & daughter), Lee (both Spike and Ang), etc, etc, and perhaps a few shots of my own! (You may notice a wee disproportionate representation of Spielberg‘s movies. What can I say? It’s nearly impossible for the man to make an uninventive shot.)
This should be great fun – so check back often as I’ll be updating new shots all the time.
Happy viewing! Let me know what you think!